A Papal ‘Gesture’: Can We Help Asylum Seekers without Exploiting Them?

April 25, 2016 – Anja Karlsson Franck On April 16th, Pope Francis made a ‘gesture’ on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Francis, the unlikely darling of the liberal left, returned to the Vatican with 12 Muslim Syrian asylum seekers, planning to offer them sanctuary. Was the Pope setting an example for European governments to follow,…

Reply: to Kendra Briken on Cologne

Monday, 28 March 2016 – Francois Bonnet Today we feature Francois’ response to Kendra Briken’s rejoinder on his podcast The Monday Morning Meetings on Migration (4M) organizers have asked me to provide a short written commentary on Kendra Briken’s podcast, “Room for a Feminist Anti-racism after Cologne? A rejoinder to Francois Bonnet”. At start, thank…

A Trump Presidency: The First 100 Days

March 14 2016 – Austin Kocher   After a series of large victories in the primaries, Donald Trump is being hailed as the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee. His election campaign has promised two major changes to immigration policy: build a wall on the US/Mexico border and increase efforts to deport unauthorised foreign residents. In this week’s podcast, we…

EU-Turkey: Deal or no Deal?

14 March 2016 – Franck Düvell The EU and Turkey are aiming to close the ‘Balkan route’ to Europe. On March 7 2016, the EU mooted a plan to send non-refugees back to Turkey while offering to resettle those people who Turkey has already qualified as refugees. In today’s podcast, Franck Düvell argues that this seemingly simple and straightforward swap faces…

Cologne and the Art of Not Being a Racist

On New Years Eve 2016 German police received hundreds of complaints of crimes including sexual assaults and robberies occurring in the vicinity of the Cologne Central Railway station. Many blamed recently arrived asylum seekers for the attacks. In this week’s podcast Francois Bonnet of the CNRS, explains why we have struggled to balance our righteous indignation at the attacks with our fear of being labelled a ‘racist’.

Guns at the border? [BETA]

Podcast 1: Guns at the Border? Subscribe to 4Mpodcast On Saturday January 30th 2016, Frauke Petry, the leader of the Alternatives for Freedom party said that German police should use armed force if necessary to prevent illegal migrants from crossing the German border. On Friday, February 5th 2016, Polly Pallister-Wilkins chatted with our host Darshan…